Dec. 21, 2021
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
Members of the New England Conference Extended Cabinet are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Prayer for Winter Solstice For half of the world, this is the shortest day and longest night. For the other half, this is the shortest night and longest day. Praise God, sun and moon; praise God, all you shining stars! Praise God, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for God commanded and they were created. God established them forever and ever; God fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. — Psalm 148.3,5-6 “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Abiding God, fast falls the eventide for those of us in the longest night. Carry us over this threshold — this astronomical winter of our souls — this place of turning and waiting for the light — these three days of wobbling on our axis until our home begins to tilt again toward your natal star. If this is the winter of our discontent, whisper to us again about the blessings of night — dreams, birth, shepherds, angels, a star, an escape. If this is our valley of shadows, help us to claim the ancient poetry of the psalm as our own, inviting the sun, moon, and stars to join us in overflowing brilliance that will never be overcome. This is the day and the night that you have made. We rejoice and we are glad, for you see that it is good. Amen. By Rev. Jill Colley Robinson, Green Mountain District Superintendent With quotes from Henry Francis Lyte and William Shakespeare, and with references to Luke and Matthew birth narratives, Psalm 23, John 1, Psalm 118.24, Genesis 1